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I'm currently interested in gathering information and knowledge related to advanced "conspiracy theorists" to help with challenging/talking/helping them recover.

To define a severe/entrenched "conspiracy theorist" see the following attributes:

  1. Has the urge/need to "inform" new people they meet.
  2. Rejects facts or proof (All of the reading I have read has indicated attempting to reason with someone like this will only push them deeper into their hole)
  3. Has the inability to think of most other things in life other than the "end of the world" (an addiction)
  4. Consumes large amounts of information related to the "end of the world" or "conspiracy theories" from other people that have similar thoughts.
  5. Might start street prophesizing (imagine the guy on the street with a sign that says, "the end is nigh, repent")

Some of the topics that one of these entrenched conspiracy theorists might spout are as follows (NOTE: This is not a fully inclusive list of theories)

  1. 9/11 conspiracy, Mayan end of the world (EOTW), other general EOTW scenarios.
  2. Planet Nibiru
  3. Pope is the Antichrist
  4. World ending comet
  5. Three Days of Darkness
  6. Rapture (Etc)

There's another question that goes into the understanding of a conspiracy theorist, but it does not touch how one might go about helping an individual.

I'm truly trying to get advice/help/resources to help a person that might be afflicted with an entrenched belief in one or many conspiracy theories. While I understand the best way for someone to find their way out of this belief system is to have them come to the conclusion by themselves, I'm looking for advice/help that third parties can perform to assist with the progress.

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  • $\begingroup$ Questions about an individual are off-topic on this site. However, if this question were generalised as to how "conspiracy theorists" are treated in the domain of clinical psychology then it would be appropriate and I would gladly upvote it! (: $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Dec 28 '15 at 16:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Seanny123 Thanks for the response. I edited the question to better reflect more of a general approach to people with an entrenched belief in conspiracy theories. If it is still too specific in areas, please point them out or edit them. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – jluzwick Dec 28 '15 at 17:23
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you so much for putting in the effort to improve the question further! It's excellent now! +1 $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Dec 28 '15 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ I think overgeneralization of patternicity and agenticity has some role. $\endgroup$ – user10222 Dec 31 '15 at 20:41

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